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Going Great Western

First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington explores the line laid from Bristol to Exeter by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and then travels through south Devon in all its glory.

Along the way Kington examines the enormous task faced by Brunel in the design and construction of the Royal Albert Bridge, which carries the Cornish Main Line railway in and out of Cornwall. Perhaps less well known is the impact of the railway line and the rail company on promoting tourism in the Edwardian golden age of British seaside resorts.

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30 minutes

Last on

Boxing Day 2008 10:20
BBC Two except Yorkshire

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

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The locomotive ‘Hagley Hall’ 4930 is featured in this programme on a run out from Bristol to Plymouth with fellow Great Western Railway engine ‘Drysllwyn Castle’. ‘Hagley Hall’ 4930 was built in 1929 and clocked up almost 1.3 million miles of service before it was withdrawn from the network in 1966. It is now housed by the Severn Valley Railway. The locomotive ‘Drysllwyn Castle’ 5051 was built in 1936 and withdrawn in 1963 after 1.5 million miles of service. It is occasionally known as ‘Earl Bathurst’.

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